Gluten Free Dairy Free Apple Spice Cupcakes
1 1/4cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups applesauce*
1/2 cup vegan butter, softened (I use Earth Balance)
2 1/2 cups GF Bisquick
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Heat oven to 350°F. Line 24 regular-size muffin cups with paper baking cups or grease cups with shortening or cooking spray. In large bowl, beat granulated sugar, applesauce, butter and eggs with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth and creamy, scraping bowl occasionally. On low speed, beat in GF Bisquick, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt and nutmeg just until well blended, scraping bowl occasionally. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups.
Bake 25 to 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from muffin cups. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
*If your applesauce is cold warming it will help keep the butter from solidifying when you try to cream it together. If that happens, don't worry your cupcakes will still taste great :-)
DAIRY FREE FROSTING:
1 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup rice milk
2/3 cup Crisco® All-Vegetable Shortening
OR 2/3 stick Crisco® Baking Sticks All-Vegetable Shortening
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 (2 lb.) bag powdered sugar, (7 1/2 cups)
1.DISSOLVE salt in milk.
2.PLACE shortening, vanilla and milk mixture in medium bowl. Beat with an electric mixer or flat beater of a stand up mixer while gradually adding powdered sugar on low speed. Once all the powdered sugar is incorporated, stop and scrape bowl with spatula.
3.INCREASE mixer speed; beat until smooth and fluffy, 1 minute or less. If needed, add powdered sugar by the tablespoonful to thicken; or add milk to thin frosting, to achieve desired spreading consistency. Makes 4 cups.
Adapted from: http://www.crisco.com/recipes/details.aspx?RecipeID=2061